This year, the Association of Business Women in Serbia will celebrate international Girls in ICT Day for the 11th time, on April 22. As an association that supports women’s entrepreneurship, ABW Serbia will organize three main activities, in order to encourage and motivate schoolgirls in the final grades of primary schools to choose their career options by avoiding gender stereotypes.
We expect that between 300 and 400 schoolgirls will participate in these activities, which will be organized virtually, due to the pandemic. So far, almost 50 primary schools in Serbia have preliminarily announced participation of their girl students.
This year again, the ABW Serbia Girls in ICT Day project is institutionally supported by the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Prime Minister, who is the Honorary Patron of the event, as well as by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, UN Women Agency, German Agency for International Cooperation GIZ, European SME Week and International Telecommunication Union ITU.
The Association of Business Women in Serbia (ABW Serbia) will organize the following online activities, just like last year due to a Covid-19 crisis:
1. Competition for the best video "Catch the Idea" made by schoolgirls, which will be open from March 18 to April 12. All videos will be published on our You Tube channel Dan devojcica (Girls’ Day), and the best three selected by jury members, representatives of the ministries, organizations and ABW Serbia will be awarded. Below is a link to last year’s best videos that made it to the finals https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7TwRnOCqz8ea5XQDIGAkAbZxlSkybyBh.
2. As in previous years, visits of schoolgirls to the most eminent companies in Serbia, ICT and women-owned will be held, for the second time virtually, using conference call applications such as Zoom, MS Teams and Go to Meeting, and will be organized during the week of celebrating Girls in ICT Day, from April 19-22. Women who are successful managers in ICT and other “male” sectors and industries, as well as entrepreneurs, owners of companies in Serbia, will meet and host schoolgirls, introducing them with their businesses and professional careers, as true role models for girls. Some of them will organize a virtual tour of their company, workshop or quiz.
3. Instead of live final event, immediately after the Girls in ICT Day a promotional mini film about this year’s activities will be created, where the winners of the competition will be officially announced. We also made one such film last year, which was broadcast on the main national TV station and is permanently kept in their TV archive as a testimony to life during the pandemic. Below is a link to last year’s film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IunVGKW3-M